What happened to the world, right? It’s almost as if we’re living in the middle of all the intense things that could possibly happen all at once and we’re supposed to keep on living day in and day out.
- Pandemic: For me, knitting went out the window for a while and I found myself starting all kinds of new things at the same time. Cross stitch, watercolor painting (again), laser-etching, 3D printing, and even revisiting herbals. Mind you, I’ve not perfected any of these things, but the newness of each project has helped a little. Slowly, knitting became the central part of my life again, but the other crafts are staying, too. Other than that, I’m missing my daughter and her family so very much. Video calls are wonderful, but they’re not substitute for the amazing hugs my daughter gives or the warm baby snuggles (Mara is walking!). Even so, they are still healthy and so are Anthony and I and that’s a comfort that too many cannot share.
- Black Lives Matter: You’ve all seen the images, some of you watched the video in horror. A man was casually killed while onlookers did nothing. That death (and the lack of consequences) was a tipping point as we’ve never seen before. Yes, we’ve had protests and even riots, but this time they were nationwide, then worldwide. The abuse of power given to the police departments has gone on far too long and the movement to end it is gaining traction. In case you don’t already know this about me, I fully support the Black Lives Matter movement. Just as I support the Love Wins community. These aren’t simple words splashed across a screen, these are ideals and standards we should be striving toward.
- Buying property: Y’all… this has been a trial and then some. Back & forth on where we’re going. Back & forth about the size that we will need. Back & forth on how to help others when we finally have things up & running. We (my son & I) were supposed to leave Ohio in April, but the pandemic had other ideas. So we talked about it and came to the conclusion that we were okay where we are and it will give us more time to research and figure things out. The ultimate goal has always been to have a self-sustaining “farm” of sorts, but mainly a place where people can go to rest from the world. A place where veterans who are struggling in society can sit by a campfire at night while having a roof over their heads. A place where a family in need can stay while knowing that they are safe from things like eviction. It’s not going to be easy at all, but we are willing to do the work.
- Personal stuff: Cats, bio-family, weather… all of these things have been a hectic bland of good and unnerving. Serephina (the oldest cat) has gone through phases of being able to eat, then tossing up everything that she ingested. I’m resigned that she will be on canned-food only for the rest of her days. Bio-family… I’m not even sure what to say about that one so I’ll leave for now with just this – I have regrets. We had a storm roll through Sandusky a little while ago that caused fires, fallen trees & branches, and even demolished a huge part of the Sandusky State Theater. I heard the bricks falling a mile away and it was very unnerving.
And now to the normal, yarny stuff.
I’ve been working on a project that will be released as a set on Winter Solstice and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with you! Eight sock patterns to celebrate the chakras of the human body (I’m still learning about the animals). I’ll have a couple ways that I’ll share this with you, too. Patterns only, patterns and yarn, patterns and yarn and goodies. If you’re a patron on Patreon ($5 and more) you will already get one of the patterns in the next couple days.
- Patterns: The set of eight patterns released on the Pagan Sabbats throughout the year. You’ll have the chance to sign up for the whole set before Winter Solstice at a greatly reduced price and each pattern will be added to your Ravelry library as they are released.
- Patterns & Yarn: You will be able to sign up for the yarns through my Etsy shop as well as a special, monthly payment through Paypal Subscriptions. These packages will include the colors that correlate with the Chakra for that release as well as the pattern (or coupon code to get that pattern). These will be available individually as well as part of the annual set.
- Patterns & Yarns & Goodies: this one is my favorite option. You’ll get the patterns and colors along with a special goody each month to celebrate the Chakra being showcased. There are still some decisions to be made about these, but the ones I have in mind right now include stone that are engraved with the Chakra’s symbol, wooden buttons with the symbols laser-etched onto them, a stitch-marker, and a coordinating fountain pen (this one might be tricky).
In the meantime, have you heard of GazeboGal on Ravelry? I’m pretty sure that most of you have and I want to take a moment to talk about her books (psst… she doesn’t know I’m doing this). She has been releasing a set of books of poetry called Morning Meander (not an affiliation link) that are a daily “walk” between each special day of the calendar. I’m currently making my way from Litha to Lunastal (Summer Solstice to Lúnasa) and many mornings I sit with that day’s poem to think about how it might correlate with my own day. A line in yesterday’s poem sat with me, deeper than I expected. “Possibilities are coming apart, and that’s okay, too.”
Sometimes we try so hard to look at all the possibilities and what they might lead us to. In the end, we become frazzled and frayed because our minds have been overwhelmed with it all. Yesterday’s poem was a night reminder to sit back and breathe. To let the possibilities do their own things for a little while. And, maybe most important, to remember that things must flow as they will and to get too hung up on this possibility just might lead to heartache.
All of that to say, stay tuned for something special coming up before October that has to do with the Moon’s cycle of New to Full to New again.
May all of your days be filled with wonder and joy.